Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is in “very good health,” according to a letter from the attending U.S. Senate physician. But there’s one fact in Sanders’ health history that belies his image as a maverick populist unbeholden to monied interests: Sanders has been treated for gout.

Yes, gout: “the disease of kings”; an affliction shared by Charlemagne and Henry VIII; a symbol of gluttony and over-indulgence dating back centuries.

Bernie Sanders may say he’s going to get money out of politics—but can we trust a man who can’t keep uric acid out of his bloodstream?

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